One of the “old-school” general managers of the NFL has been under the radar for some time; the GM in question is former New York Giants and Cleveland Browns GM Ernie Accorsi.
For those of you who don’t remember him, he was a GM with the Browns from 1985 to 1992 and the Giants from 1998 to 2007; he had retired after the 2007 season, but nonetheless was consulted by Browns owner Randy Lerner when he hired current head coach Eric Mangini and now-deposed GM George Kokinis back in January.
With the firing of Kokinis, it makes one wonder if Lerner has a bigger and perhaps broader role in mind for Accorsi in Cleveland. Some things factor into Accorsi accepting any increased role with the Browns:
- Would Accorsi want a challenge this large? Unlike when he was with the Giants, the righting of the USS Browns would be a major undertaking.
- Accorsi and former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar have a history, going back to Kosar QB’ing the Browns. Whether that has any bearing on Accorsi taking a substantially larger role with Cleveland is purely speculative. Coincidentally or not, Kosar is a consultant with the Browns.
- Does Ernie want to give up a relatively comfortable retirement and take on a larger role? Is it worth the prerequisite headaches?
If Accorsi was a younger man, then I would suggest that he go for it. But I am not convinced that he is willing to be a party to a major renovation of the Browns. If anything, he should continue his part-time gig with Cleveland. This does not minimalize Accorsi’s track record whatsoever.
If anything, Ernie would be doing himself a favor by not taking on a larger role with the team, healthwise and otherwise. Certainly there are younger GM prospects out there who are younger with an upside who can correct the malaise in Cleveland. And the team has as candidate that’s in-house: Bernie Kosar. He would be worth the gamble – they can’t do any worse, can they?